Try batik painting on fabric, if you want to never get bored when you stay alone, or you'd like to have your children engaged in useful, silent and developing artistic skills activity?
I love the batik -painted scarf my disabled friend gave me a few years ago. It has preserved the brightness of colors and the freshness of design that struck me first. If you love your friends and want them to have the same warm memories, you’ll have to learn more about this wonderful art.
In fact, this is apainting technique, originally invented on the isle of Java. The Java special method is based on using wax to resist the paint and produce the pattern. It is called hotbatik. And it is rather dangerous, especially for beginners. So I advise you to keep your kids just enjoying Indonesian traditional painting, and let them take up a more modern and safe batik technique, which presupposes the use of special paint and no wax.
What do you need to start batik painting?
- 1. Fabric.
The most popular batik fabric is silk, but it is not the easiest to work with. As a result, dummies have difficulties with painting. Recommended textiles to start batik painting are to be natural, preferably cotton (why not use old sheets?), linen, batiste, lawn, chiffon and the like. However, you should avoid any artificial textiles.
- 2. Brushes.
Take brushes with natural hair, the tip should be very thin when wet.
- 3. Paint.
Get a set of batik paints for yourself. There must be black, dark blue, red and yellow colors, for the mix to produce new hues well. You’d better cold water dye. And fixative is to be taken, too. And don’t forget a pencil to make a preliminary sketch.
- 4. Pattern.
If you want to merely enjoy the process, find a simple pattern of flowers or geometry, so that you don’t waste time replacing it onto the fabric. By the way, the pattern will depend on thepainting technique, too.
- 5. Frame.
You need it to keep the cloth taut, and there are special batik frames for these purposes. But you will hardly manage beautifully framed large batik paintings all at once, will you? Then just find an old picture frame and tack the cloth with pins, or whatever.
Now, let us begin our
6. Batik painting:
Make up a sketch on a sheet of paper.
7. Put the paper underneath the cloth and draw the contours with a pencil or charcoal.
8. Stretch the cloth across the frame so that it is taut enough. The sketch shouldn’t get deformed.
Now, it depends on the painting technique chosen, whether you start putting wax or just painting.
9. Hot batik painting:
Heat wax in a pan and turn it to low heat when it starts bubbling gently. Then dip your brush into it and fill in the design with wax following the lines. The waxed areas won’t get dyed. You can leave dots or lines by dripping wax and have an intricate pattern.
10. Let wax penetrate the cloth and dry.
11. Dye the fabric. Unpin it from the frame, crumple it a bit, so that the wax cracks, and immerse the painting into the dye bath for the time suggested by the manufacturer.
12. Remove the cloth from the dye and let it drip dry.
If you want a few colors on yourbatik painting, go from lighter to darker dye baths. And the wax painting should be restarted for each new shade.
Make sure that all the wax is removed.
That’s all! You don’t need wax removing or anything, just enjoy thisbatik painting techniqueand
Remove the wax by ironing the batik painting between the sheets of paper or boiling it off in water.
Seek for more to have fun and develop your kids’ artistic skills. For them, you can find youth classes to practice traditional batik painting. And in a few weeks you’ll be presented a beautifully framed large batik fabric paintingmade by them.
You see, there are more than one batikpainting techniques, so don’t stop and try the Russian version of a traditionally Indonesian art, called "cold" batik.